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Report gives Hawaii an 'F' for manufacturing competitiveness

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:38 p.m. HST, Jun 24, 2013

Hawaii received a failing grade in a study comparing the competitiveness of manufacturing sectors among the 50 states.

The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card produced by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research gave Hawaii an “F” for a fifth consecutive year. The study used eight criteria ranging from worker benefit costs to global reach to come up with the grades.

“Hawaii is not a strong manufacturing state, and continues to struggle against geography to build that sector,” CBER director Michael Hicks said in a news release.

Hawaii was one of five states to get an “F” in the report. The others were Alaska, Nevada, New Mexico and New York.

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64hoo wrote:
who really cares about some stupid report.
on June 24,2013 | 05:04PM
false wrote:
Are you a low information voter?
on June 24,2013 | 05:09PM
South76 wrote:
Duhhhhh, anyone who lives in Hawaii can figure that out a study
on June 24,2013 | 05:12PM
bsdetection wrote:
The Star Advertiser loves to cherry pick the conclusions of studies that are critical of Hawai'i, even though, as this reports says, the problem is geography. For the same reasons, Hawai'i would get an F for its ski industry. Suggest that whatever editor decided this is news take a look at a map.
on June 24,2013 | 05:58PM
opalaedo wrote:
Hawaii is in good company with Alaska, Nevada, New Mexico and New York. Not every state is suitable or ideal for manufacturing because of various reasons. Yet, Hawaii, Nevada and New York are among the tops when it comes to tourism.
on June 24,2013 | 06:34PM
Wazdat wrote:
does not surprise me. Hawaii ranks LAST or near the bottom in most polls and studies. At least we have GREAT weather and beaches.
on June 24,2013 | 07:40PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
It has nothing to do with geography and everything to do with over paid politicians and civil servants.
on June 24,2013 | 08:51PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
As Bula'ia says, "We Number F!"
on June 24,2013 | 09:34PM
hikine wrote:
With our limited precious resources, who would want to manufacture something here on a large scale basis only to pollute our air, land and water?
on June 25,2013 | 12:34PM
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